I’ve been on a learning binge lately which has been fun. Recently I signed up for an on-line class in Shibori techniques. I’ve done some woven shibori in the past, but never the traditional techniques on silk.
I’m in the second week of a 5-week session and it’s been a blast. Not only is Glennis a wonderful teacher, the class of people from all over the world has been enthusiastic and very creative. Glennis designed the on-line class to be a weekly uploaded teaching pdf document with embedded videos and a blog where we all share ideas.
The first class was about using clamped resists on silk samples using ColorHue Dyes. I wasn’t thrilled with the pale results.
Last week in Lesson 2, Glennis introduced three different techniques using hand stitching–mokume (rows of running stitches, similar to woven shibori), makiage (pattern within a motif), and orinui (overcast stitching on a fold). This was more my style. I love to sew, these techniques give me much more control, and an additional video gave me much more information on how to increase the intensity of the color.
The photos show the initial stitching, everything gathered and dyed, and the unveiling which I’m crazy about!
This summer I’ll be attended an indigo dye workshop and I’m sure I’ll be bringing plenty of work from the techniques I learn over the next few weeks to place in the dye pot.
I will continue to post with each new technique learned. Stay tuned.